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Helpful Answers to Your Frequently
Asked Questions

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions about water. Contact Elgin Water Care today for the personalized care you need to find the best water softening or reverse-osmosis system for you.
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What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water with a lot of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Why is Hard Water Bad?

The minerals in hard water will interact with soaps and detergents, reducing their lathering and cleaning power. These minerals will build up on many surfaces and cause damage to your plumbing, fixtures, and machinery.
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How Does Water Softening Work?

A water softener will replace the harmful minerals in your water with sodium, which will not hinder the work of soaps and detergents or build up on surfaces. 

Won't That Make My Water Taste Salty?

Softened water will not taste salty. To the human body, the sodium content added is negligible. 
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What Are the Benefits of Water Softening?

Your soap will lather better and get you cleaner. You'll see little to no white mineral buildup on your sinks, showers, and bathtubs. You'll use less detergent when washing clothes, your clothes will last longer, and you won't see spots caused by mineral content in the water. You'll also prevent long-term wear on your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is the process where water is pushed through a membrane at high pressure that produces extremely pure water. Most bottled purified water sold in the United States is produced using reverse osmosis. This water is great for drinking, cooking, and other uses.

Is Water Made at Home With Reverse Osmosis As Good As Bottled Water?

Yes. Industrial-grade reverse osmosis equipment can, but not always, produce water that has a few grains-per-gallon fewer impurities than water produced at home, but they are essentially the same. Because it's not stored in plastic bottles or jugs, reverse-osmosis water produced at home has no plastic taste.

What Are the Benefits of a Home Reverse Osmosis System?

You'll always have pure and delicious water for drinking and cooking. The system is commonly hooked up to the ice maker on your refrigerator as well, so your ice will cool your drinks without adding any unwanted flavors.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with "soft water"). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates.

How does Water Softening Work?

A water softener will replace the harmful minerals in your water with sodium, which will enhance the work of soaps.

Why Does Soft Water Make My Skin Feel Slippery?

A water softening system removes contaminants in your water so your skin is rinsed completely without hard water minerals left behind to trap residue and traces of soap, dead skin cells and other particles that can make your skin feel dry and scratchy. The slippery, softness you feel is what your skin is supposed to feel like.
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